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"One of the things Todd and Darren realized is what's edgy is characters making really difficult, moral choices," Clare told MTV News back in October. "We're going to see these characters make those choices in Season 2."
In addition to honing in on the show's core characters, Slavkin and Swimmer also decided to bring the tone of Shadowhunters back to the source: Clare's Mortal Instruments series.
"The books are darker, we felt like, than the first season," Slavkin said. "They felt a little more sophisticated and much more character-focused, so we wanted to sell that urban fantasy in a much more grounded way. New York City, like the books, is a huge character in Season 2. It's a little darker, but it's still light and fun — this isn't The Walking Dead." (Thank Idris for that.)
When Shadowhunters returns for its second season, things are getting darker. Literally. For new showrunners Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer, one of the things they wanted to change about the show was the physical look of it.
“There were a lot of cool things that perhaps could be cooler, visual-effect wise, the look of the show,” Slavkin tells EW. “We took the rooms and we darkened them.”
And yet, that isn’t the only change the new showrunners made. “We’re character guys,” Slavkin says. “We wrote Smallville for many years and the thrill of that for us was the character and the growth and the relationships between the people. If anything, in season 2, we’re leaning more into that. Of course there’s missions and of course there’s hunting, but the yearning, the longing, the triangles, the relationships is what really turns us on.”
EW has an exclusive first look at the new season — darker look and all — above.